A new promotion round saw 62 lawyers become Partners at CMS – spanning 25 cities across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America – including Arno Zimmermann, Hans Lederer, and Klaus Pateter in Vienna, Alicja Zalewska-Orabona in Warsaw, and Mihai Jiganie-Serban in Bucharest.
A corporate and M&A, litigation, and arbitration specialist, Zimmermann joined CMS in 2013. Earlier, he had spent two years with the Vienna office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Lederer, an expert in intellectual property, technology, media & telecoms, and commercial law, joined CMS as an Associate in 2009. He became a Senior Associate in 2014 and, finally, a Counsel in 2018, before making Partner this year.
Pateter, a technology, media & telecoms, commercial, and start-up legal expert, joined CMS in 2018 as an Associate and became an Attorney at Law in 2019. Before becoming a part of CMS, he spent three and a half years as an Associate with Held Berdnik Astner & Partner.
Warsaw-based former Counsel Zalewska-Orabona is an intellectual property and trademark expert. She has been with CMS since 2019 when she joined as a Senior Associate. Before that, she spent over three years with Baker McKenzie as an Associate and, earlier, over two years with the European Union Intellectual Property Office between 2014 and 2016.
Jiganie-Serban, a former Senior Counsel, is a Bucharest-based dispute resolution and white-collar crime specialist. He has been with CMS for over three years, having joined in 2020 as Head of the firm's Criminal Defense practice. Before that, he spent 15 years with Serban & Asociatii.
“Congratulations to our new Partners,” CMS Chairman Pierre-Sebastien Thill commented. “At CMS, it is very important to us that we recognize individual contributions and performance; and give everyone the opportunity to use their talents and fulfill their potential. While taking on the responsibilities of a Partner during these challenging times is not an easy task, I know that our new Partners have the necessary depth of knowledge to anticipate our clients' challenges and the experience to meet them in innovative and sector-shaping ways."
Editor's Note: This article was updated on May 3, 2023, to remove three names from the CMS Partner promotion list, at the firm's request.